Co-Op Classics Video Edition: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Turtles in Time

10/2/2011 at 11:13 PM

Watching these two videos might put you into Shell Shock.

It's a very special Co-Op Classics Video Edition this time around, pizza fans.  Two fantastic examples of the late 80s and early 90s multiplayer brawlers are available in convenient video form.  From 1989, we have the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game.  Two years later, the pinnacle of reptilian beat-em-ups, Turtles in Time, became one of the most popular arcade games of the era.  Grab a pizza, kick back, and let's kick some shell!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Though it doesn't really hold up as well as it's newer counterpart, the first TMNT arcade game is still fun to play in its own right.  All four turtles and their signature weapons are available, and the bad guys from the show, ranging from Bebop and Rocksteady all the way up to Kang and Shredder, make appearances as bosses.  There's a lot of charm and humor, mixed in with a steady supply of cheesy lines guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.  The XBLA release of this game is very true to the arcade look and feel.

Turtles in Time

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Turtles in Time is in my top five co-op games of all time, and for good reason.  The brawling is solid, and the zany jokes are still there, just as you'd expect.  The real fun comes from all the different stages, ranging from the prehistoric past to the Wild West and to a far-flung, Star Trek-style future.  The Super Nintendo version was arguably superior, with a fantastic Shredder fight, but the arcade release of Turtles in Time was a quarter muncher of the most addictive type.  The recent 3D-ish remake, Turtles in Time Reshelled, is defnintely worth a look, though you'll miss unlimited continues!